Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Applesauce Bars

If you're always on the look-out for a school snack for your kids you should try this recipe. It's a nicely spiced, moist cake-like bar that I found on a recipes forum many years ago. It's easy to make and you can tweak it to suit your family's tastes. You could add some chopped walnuts or substitute craisins for the raisins depending on your preferences.

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup apple, chopped finely (I use MacIntosh apples)

Icing:
1 tbsp butter or margarine, softened
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp milk

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x9-inch pan. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in applesauce.

In a smal bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice; slowly stir into the applesauce mixture until well blended. Fold in raisins and apple. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake for 25 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. While the bars are cooling, mix icing ingredients and mix until smooth. Place in a small Ziploc bag and cut off one corner (leaving only a small hole). Drizzle icing back and forth over cooled bars by squeezing icing through the hole in the corner of the bag.

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